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New scoreboard expected for Blanchard Woods Park

Posted: October 27, 2013 - 12:01am

Columbia County officials are expected to approve a new scoreboard for Blanchard Woods Park.

Commissioners are expected to approve $19,000 at Tuesday’s meeting for a new LED scoreboard for the primary soccer field at the park off Blanchard Road.

“It’s a much upgraded sign,” county Community and Leisure Services Division Director Barry Smith said at a recent Development and Engineering Services Committee meeting. “It’s pretty much a top-of-the-line sign.”

The cost of the sign is about $29,000, Smith said. But Coca-Cola is going to pay $10,404 of the cost. Smith said 2011-16 one-cent sales tax funds would pay for the scoreboard.

The scoreboard is 26 feet long and 11 feet high and includes a 3-foot-long banner for four sponsors advertisements.

Smith said the current scoreboard is used and was donated to the park. It includes space for three sponsors. With the new sign, the cost of annual sponsorships will rise from $500 to $1,000.

Additional accessories and panels can be purchased to allow the scoreboard to also be used for football or lacrosse, Recreation Department Manager John Luton said.

Smith said he expects the scoreboard, which needs to be set into concrete footers, to be installed before Thanksgiving. He hopes it will be ready for the NCCA Division II men’s and women’s soccer championship slated to begin on Nov. 14. It’s possible, but not likely, the scoreboard will be ready for the 2013-14 Peach Belt Conference championships starting Nov. 5.

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